Photo portfolio: shades of blacks and whites
As we explained in our photographic vision, our main business is artistic photography. We use both black-and-white and color photography to show our contemplative, artistic interpretation of nature. Which of these two very different artistic forms we use depends on what we want our photos to convey. Black and white photography is a suitable photographic technique for many nature scenes. It requires a different way of thinking from color photography. A black and white photograph should be planned from the framing to the post-processing on a computer. Photography in black and white involves its own philosophy of photography, and black and white photos can convey certain emotions that cannot be expressed through color photos.
Using black and white to showcase the beauties of nature
For some of our artistic photographs showing the beauties of nature, we have chosen to use black-and-white photography both on land and underwater.
Black-and-white photographs immediately emphasize the point of interest. The viewer’s gaze is guided by geometric shapes, lines of flight, perspectives, and the contrast between light and dark. These are the elements which will enable the viewer to understand the message we want to convey. We could simplify this by saying that a black-and-white photograph goes straight to the point to deliver its essential message. Color photographs allow digressions and may lead the viewer to the message by secondary ways. Black and white is a more direct creative technique.
The world around us, especially nature, is colorful. A color image can give a realistic portrait of reality. It is, of course, possible to give an interpretation of that reality through photographs; this is what we try to do by applying our vision.
Black-and-white photography is primarily a means for creative expression, because it never shows a true picture of reality. Its sole purpose is to clearly convey the message which the photographer intends, without embellishment.
Black and white is the basic language of photography. The photo’s message is conveyed through forms, textures, lines, and perspectives. They go back to the basics. They convey raw emotions.
Black and white photography is a magical creative technique because it is timeless. Some people argue that it is possible to tell when black-and-white photographs were made in the time of our grandparents, but they can really tell this because of the poses that people are standing in and the vignetting of the photo. It is not easy to place a black and white photo in time.
For us, black and white photography has become a way to create photographs that will survive changing fashions over time.
In landscape and wildlife photography, black and white is synonymous with beauty and aesthetic merit. Mineral landscapes and animals’ coats are emphasized in black and white photographs because of their rich textures. If the lighting is right, the pictures are undeniably better than they would be in color.
In black and white photography, there are no colors. The viewers’ eyes are guided by the composition of the photo. We attach great importance to the placement of the subjects. The rules of composition and framing become crucial. For instance, the rule of thirds and strong points are both useful for emphasizing the points of interest. Using the golden number or the golden spiral as the framing ratio is a way to ensure that the framing is good.
Portfolio: shades in blacks and whites